Worst-Case Scenario

Siouxsie has this book memorized.

At the risk of skewing little-old-lady, Siouxsie is posting some safety tips.

Recently on Corporette, there was a somewhat morbid post about the importance of carrying identification and emergency contact information whenever you are outside exercising.  One commenter, who happens to be a surgeon, wrote about her own experience treating an anonymous runner who was hit by a car.  The runner had sustained devastating brain injuries and required surgery.  But the family could not be notified for days.

Corporette articulated the problem with bringing your license with you:

On the one hand, you want your ID on you in case you’re hit by a car or otherwise incapacitated — but on the other hand, if you’re attacked, the last thing you want is for the attacker to have both your keys AND your address (which they will if you’re carrying your license).

Eek.  Corporette suggests getting yourselves one of these bracelets, which provides your name and emergency contact information.

This sounds like a good idea.

Siouxsie wanted to point out some other things you should carry at all times.

Life Hammer — A helpful tool that is designed to prevent auto entrapment after an accident.

Epi Pen — An injector for epinephrine in case you are allergic to something, but didn’t know it.

You attorney’s business card — Who better to be contacted first in an emergency?

Wint O Green Lifesavers — Just because.

Black eyeliner pencilYou can create an entire goth look with this.  Plus, you can always use it to stab an assailant.

Cell phone batteries, beepers, and brass knuckles just missed the cut.  These items are all useful, but you can’t carry everything with you.

There are also things that you should make sure you don’t have on your person.  LifeHacker suggests not carrying around irreplaceable personal items or your social security card.  Also, if you’re carrying around multiple credit and bank cards, keep an inventory at home to make sure you close all the right accounts in case of loss or theft.

Good luck out there!


~ by siouxsielaw on July 21, 2010.

4 Responses to “Worst-Case Scenario”

  1. Brass Knuckles? Aren’t those illegal?

  2. Wint O Green Lifesavers? Yes! You can’t rely on finding a bowl of them on the receptionist’s desk before that big meeting, and you know what your breath can be like from the Grande you downed a half hour ago.

    OTOH, if you’re carrying them so you won’t offend docs in the ER, I think that’s the equivalent of always wearing your best underwear, because you never know if you’re in an accident….

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  4. the nice thing about the lifesavers is that they spark when you bite into them. so they’re potentially a light source in the case of a blackout.

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